Coup mediators meet Mali’s military leaders


West African mediators have visited Mali to meet with the senior military figures who carried out the country’s second coup in less than a year.

The military arrested President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane on Monday.

Interim vice president Colonel Assimi Goita, who led a coup against the previous president last August, said on Tuesday he had stripped the men of their posts because they failed to consult him about a cabinet reshuffle.

Mali’s neighbours and international powers have condemned the takeover, threatening sanctions against the military officers behind the coup.

A delegation from the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS), led by the former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, hopes to get the ousted president and prime minister released from military detention as soon as possible.

The UN Security Council is due to discuss the political crisis later on Wednesday.


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